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The Sufferings of Madame Toussaint

The widow of the unfortunate Toussaint has just landed upon our continent. Her account of her own and her husband’s sufferings, from Bonaparte’s tyranny, would be incredible, were they not already equaled by the Corsican’s former atrocities, and those of his accomplices. Her mutilated limbs and numerous wounds, are, besides, visible proofs of the racks [...]
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General L’Ouverture

Ulysse Dabouze, “General L’Ouverture,” circa 1950.
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Aftershocks + Avengers: An interview with Laurent Dubois

Laurent Dubois is a Professor of Romance Studies and History at Duke University who is a specialist in the history and culture of France and the Caribbean. His publications include Avengers of the New World: The Story of the Haitian Revolution, A Colony of Citizens: Revolution and Slave Emancipation in the French Caribbean, 1787-1804, Soccer [...]
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“The troops which you say are at this moment landing, I consider as so many pieces of cards, which the slightest breath of wind will dissipate.”

“Your aid-de-camp, General, has delivered to me your letter of this day. I have the honor to inform you, that I could not deliver up the forts and posts entrusted to my command, without previous orders from the governor general, Toussaint Louverture, my immediate chief, from whom I hold the powers [...]
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Toussaint L’Ouverture: Allada, Benin

Eileen McNamara, “Statue of Toussaint L’Ouverture, Founder of Haiti,” (1997-1998; Allada, Benin). University of Wisconsin Digital Collections. General Library System of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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To Toussaint L’Ouverture

Toussaint, the most unhappy of men! Whether the whistling Rustic tend his plough Within thy hearing, or thy head be now Pillowed in some deep dungeon’s earless den; - O miserable Chieftain! where and when Wilt thou find patience? Yet die not; do thou Wear rather in thy bonds a cheerful brow: Though fallen thyself, never to rise again, Live, and take comfort. [...]
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Haiti: The Black Jacobins

CLR James’ The Black Jacobins, first published in 1938, was a forbidden book in South Africa until the recent dismantling of apartheid. It’s not hard to see why. Scott McLemmee, “CLR James: A Biographical Introduction,” American Visions (April/May 1996) First of all, James cast doubt on the assumption that the revolution would take place first in [...]
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Haiti: Robeson

Yes, and a French general named Le Clerc was also sent against Ho Chi Minh, but like the blacks of Haiti, the plantation workers of Indo-China have also proved unconquerable. Paul Robeson, “Ho Chi Minh is Toussaint L’Ouverture of Indo-China,” Freedom (March 1954) Paul Robeson was keen to make a film, but wanted one which would ‘interpret [...]
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